Ask the iTunes Guy: The last one

This column has been running bi-monthly for more than five years, but this week’s installment is the last one. I’ve answered hundreds of iTunes questions and have never run out of topics. iTunes is a complex app; it does many things, and, as such, can be hard to understand. Some of the questions I’ve covered have been relatively simple to explain, but many of them have had me scratch my head to find answers.

In this final column, I want to address a few high-level questions about iTunes; these are questions I get very often, but generally don’t cover in the column.

Thanks to everyone who sent in questions by email over the years, and to all those who have read Ask the iTunes Guy regularly.

Read the final Ask the iTunes Guy at Macworld.

Note that I’m looking for some freelance writing work, notably to continue my extensive coverage of iTunes. If you’re interested, get in touch.

14 thoughts on “Ask the iTunes Guy: The last one

  1. Kirk, you are one of the last handful (And that’s a “Ser Davos handful” now) of columnists whose tabs I still open daily. That’s partly because iTunes and music are important parts of my digital life and partly because you have provided me with lovely perspective along with the great technical insights and tips over the years.

    I am sorry to see the MacWorld gig going away. I suspect it’s been a long goodbye on your end. I’d like you to know at least that your efforts there have been more than appreciated. I’ll continue to visit Kirkville.

  2. Kirk, you are one of the last handful (And that’s a “Ser Davos handful” now) of columnists whose tabs I still open daily. That’s partly because iTunes and music are important parts of my digital life and partly because you have provided me with lovely perspective along with the great technical insights and tips over the years.

    I am sorry to see the MacWorld gig going away. I suspect it’s been a long goodbye on your end. I’d like you to know at least that your efforts there have been more than appreciated. I’ll continue to visit Kirkville.

  3. Wonderfull… Following the link you provided leads to a 404 page on the Macworld site. What is even more fun: I go to the top level page of the site, your article is (currently) flagged at the very top of the page, but following the link brings up the same 404 page.

    Yes the link you give is the same as the one on the MW site. Their internal system is apparently br0ken.

    PS your comments form is not very accessibility friendly 1/ hard to read text (color…) 2/ zero indication of where the focus is (keyboard user)

    • Re the 404: Interesting. I see another story at the top also leads to a 404.

      Comments: It’s just black and white, so I don’t see how that’s hard to read. The focus is clear when you click in the comments field.

  4. Wonderfull… Following the link you provided leads to a 404 page on the Macworld site. What is even more fun: I go to the top level page of the site, your article is (currently) flagged at the very top of the page, but following the link brings up the same 404 page.

    Yes the link you give is the same as the one on the MW site. Their internal system is apparently br0ken.

    PS your comments form is not very accessibility friendly 1/ hard to read text (color…) 2/ zero indication of where the focus is (keyboard user)

    • Re the 404: Interesting. I see another story at the top also leads to a 404.

      Comments: It’s just black and white, so I don’t see how that’s hard to read. The focus is clear when you click in the comments field.

  5. Kirk I love(d) your iTunes guy column. A crying shame that it’s going – seems to be lots and lots of change at MW and I’m not convinced it’s uniformly positive, to say the least.

    I’ll continue to listen in to your dulcet tones on The Committed. Absolutely my favourite podcast, by a mile! Also enjoy your signposting about stuff in the US press, via twitter. I tend to read anything you draw my attention to. In fact, Kirk for Prez!

    As we say in Northern Ireland, “keep ‘er lit!”. Love your work, especially in and around iTunes.

  6. Kirk I love(d) your iTunes guy column. A crying shame that it’s going – seems to be lots and lots of change at MW and I’m not convinced it’s uniformly positive, to say the least.

    I’ll continue to listen in to your dulcet tones on The Committed. Absolutely my favourite podcast, by a mile! Also enjoy your signposting about stuff in the US press, via twitter. I tend to read anything you draw my attention to. In fact, Kirk for Prez!

    As we say in Northern Ireland, “keep ‘er lit!”. Love your work, especially in and around iTunes.

  7. To have a go-to iTunes guy for help with this well-intentioned yet snaggy software throughout its many years of evolution has helped me on many occasions. As it emerged that the iTunes guy is himself a music lover with knowledge that goes well beyond the popular genres, it came to feel like I had a personal advisor. Thanks for all the useful help and tips over the years Kirk. If some organisation or publication doesn’t seize the opportunity to make use of your specialised wisdom and experience, there is no God! Meanwhile if you know of a way to stop the Music app on the iPhone automatically replaying every playlist instead of stopping after the final track, perhaps you could yet sort me out on this point.

  8. To have a go-to iTunes guy for help with this well-intentioned yet snaggy software throughout its many years of evolution has helped me on many occasions. As it emerged that the iTunes guy is himself a music lover with knowledge that goes well beyond the popular genres, it came to feel like I had a personal advisor. Thanks for all the useful help and tips over the years Kirk. If some organisation or publication doesn’t seize the opportunity to make use of your specialised wisdom and experience, there is no God! Meanwhile if you know of a way to stop the Music app on the iPhone automatically replaying every playlist instead of stopping after the final track, perhaps you could yet sort me out on this point.

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